This penetrating and informative book provides readers with the perfect systematic critical guide to the file-sharing phenomenon. Combining inter-disciplinary resources from sociology, history, media and communication studies and cultural studies, Matthew David unpacks the economics, psychology, and philosophy of file-sharing. It fuses a deep knowledge of the music industry and the new technologies of mass communication with a powerful perspective on how multinational corporations operate to monopolize markets, how international and state agencies defend property, while a global multitude undermine and/or reinvent both.  


  • Music and the network society
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Music and the Network Society

This book is about file-sharing and the impact of digital media on the music industry. As this book has made clear, digital media have been taken up and their affordances applied within the musical field in such a way as fundamentally to challenge existing business models and enable new and alternative business models to thrive. As such, the music industry has been radically reconfigured in the context of the so-called network society. However, it is not enough simply to say that ...

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